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Tornado Information

Please refer to the following information for questions, assistance and guidance as we rebuild from the tornado

Please visit Catholic Charities- Diocese of Joliet to get more information on free counseling services, as well as assistance with food, housing, financial support, transportation, home repairs, household supplies, and more.  Call 815-724-1198 for more information.

The President issued a disaster declaration for Grundy County and Will County as a result of the tornadoes that struck our area.  Individuals and businesses may apply directly to FEMA for various forms of assistance.  People may apply via phone at 800-621-FEMA or through their website,http://disasterassistance.gov  What to be prepared for with FEMA | FEMA information | Beware of Disaster-Related Fraud | Under-insured can register for Federal Disaster Assistance
FEMA Flyer Information English | Spanish

Ready Illinois Fact Sheets: http://www.illinois.gov/ready/Press/Documents/Nov_TornadoReliefFund.pdf

Ready Illinois contacts: http://www.illinois.gov/ready/Press/Documents/Nov_Tornado_POC.pdf

In addition to FEMA grants, disaster survivors may be eligible for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which were also made available under the federal disaster declaration.

For more information about locations of the DRCs and Diamond assistance center, visit Ready.Illinois.gov.


For homeowners in affected areas:

    • -Report suspicious activity to law enforcemen
    • -Make sure your contractor is registered with the Village | Approved Contractors 12-3


Information from Attorney General (Home Repair and Construction)

Illinois Home Repair and Remodeling Act (Public Act ILCS 513/1)

Agencies that are providing various types of assistance:

As of 12/16/13 any families impacted by the tornado are encouraged to go We Care of Grundy County (815-942-6389) to access supplies that were donated. Residents will need to provide proof of residency and state they were impacted by the tornado.

Illinois Small Business Development Center-Contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela 

SBA News | SBA Factsheet | Disaster Loans for Homeowners, Renters and Businesses SBA Can Help

Thank You:

Message from Mayor Kernc | Link

Message about what donations are being used for (updated 12-26) | Link